Ruth and Billy Graham's Final Farewell

In his wife's last moments, Billy Graham knew that medical technology can sometimes simply prolong death, not life

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association / EPA / Corbis

The Reverend Billy Graham and his wife Ruth

"No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock," Billy Graham observes, "and it still hurts very deeply." Ruth and Billy would have been married 64 years this month. He called her his soul mate and best friend; she was also a woman who could keep him humble, help swat away the temptations and ego trips and the offers from moguls who wanted to make him a movie star or talk-show host. She was a fierce warrior for Jesus, the kind of woman who once tried to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!